Lightening/Thunder messed up my TV & Computer Monitor! Help!

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  1. donotfear profile image88
    donotfearposted 10 years ago

    We've been having isolated thunder/lightening storms all day. All of a sudden there's this huge bang, sounded like it was right outside the window.

    It set off the toothbrush lights on my grandson's toothbrushes....he has 2 toothbrushes that light up when you tap the bottom. They were flashing away in the toothbrush holder.

    I turn on the TV much later...older model, ancient. Looks like it took the color out. I mean, there's green and some color, but it's all uneven.  I go and turn on my computer. Voilah!!  Monitor distorted, color completely obliterated. It's all wavy looking, almost black & white.

    I remember one of my kids did this to a color TV back in the 80's by holding a magnet up to the screen. So what's the deal?  Is this the END of my dinosaur TV & computer monitor?  I don't think there is a way to fix it unless somebody out here knows. If it can't be fixed then I guess I'll be having a funeral for 2: my monitor and TV.

    1. PrettyPanther profile image82
      PrettyPantherposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      My fiance' says that your TV can probably be degaussed and if your monitor has an image, it might be fixable, too.  I had to look up "degauss" and it is a process for decreasing or eliminating an unwanted magnetic field.  When I googled it I saw references to degaussing a monitor, but I didn't click on any of the links.

      That's all I know.  smile

      1. donotfear profile image88
        donotfearposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you for the information!

        1. donotfear profile image88
          donotfearposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Wow!!! I followed the simple direction: Simply turn your monitor OFF, then turn ON again. It looks normal again! For some reason, it didn't fix itself when I shut down my whole computer.

          Thank you very much, I had never heard of the term "degauss".

          1. PrettyPanther profile image82
            PrettyPantherposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            You're welcome!  I had never heard of it either, until my very knowledgeable man told me about it.  I'm glad it worked for you.  smile

  2. girly_girl09 profile image83
    girly_girl09posted 10 years ago

    donotfear - you should write a hub on your experience with this. I'm sure it happens more often than you would think!

    1. donotfear profile image88
      donotfearposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Good if I can just figure out how to degauss the ancient TV....I think I'll hafta buy a degausser. Think I'll opt out and take my Mom's TV (she's deceased). It's just sitting in her room collecting dust. I'm sure she won't mind! smile

  3. SpanStar profile image60
    SpanStarposted 10 years ago

    I strongly recommend this time around purchasing a surge protector outlet strip can help save you some money and headaches.


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